This is the simplest little trick that completely changed the way that I do guided reading and small group activities. I found that the group I was working with was being constantly interrupted for super trivial things like "Can I get a tissue?" (of course!) or "I can't find a pencil" (they are where they ALWAYS are!). I grabbed a Hawaiian lei out of the dramatic play area and it became my super-special, do-not-interrupt-me-unless-there-is-an-emergency necklace. I taught the children that they could talk to me only for the two B's: bathroom and blood. Gross, I know but they really got it. It cut down on the amount of interruptions by about 90% and we got so much more done! They became so well trained that if I forgot to take the necklace off after guided reading, the kids would not talk to me until I took it off. I highly recommend this little trick. It could be done with any bright necklace that the kids will notice right away. Grab a little adhesive hook and hang it up behind your guided reading table. Enjoy!